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About Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader, now known as Adobe Acrobat Reader, is Adobe's desktop PDF reader that enables you to view, print, and comment on PDF documents, including forms and multimedia. With the recent addition of the Adobe Document Cloud, you can now work on PDFs across devices -- laptops, desktops, tablets, and smartphones.

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Adobe Acrobat Reader DC alternatives for Windows

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC may be the go-to PDF reader, but it's also notorious for its security vulnerabilities. If you use Adobe Reader, make sure you have the latest version and install any security updates. Or try one of these alternatives to Adobe Reader.

Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader enables you to view, convert, create, annotate, and print PDF files. With Connected PDF technology, you'll be able to manage multiple versions and recover accidentally deleted ones. On the security front, you can restrict access, encrypt documents (with the optional Foxit RMS plug-in), work in safe mode to prevent suspicious external commands, prevent executing code from a non-executable memory location, and turn off JavaScript for maximum protection.

Sumatra PDF

Sumatra PDF is a free PDF, e-book, and comic book reader. A minimal design, basic functions, and an accompanying list of keyboard shortcuts makes the software easy to navigate and use. Another perk of this lightweight, open-source program is that it's more secure -- attackers tend to prefer bloated popular software with broader attack surfaces.

Nitro PDF Reader for Windows

Nitro PDF Reader is a free PDF reader that allows you to create, view, annotate, and sign PDFs. It also enables you to convert to PDF.

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